Postgraduate taught 

Quantum Technology MSc

Introduction To Research In Nanoscience And Nanotechnology ENG5144

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will introduce the students to the interdisciplinary aspects of modern nanoscience and nanotechnology. The course is based on presentations from a group of researchers who will present current and thematic research exemplars in the area of nanoscience.



Excluded Courses





60% Written Assignments

40% Oral Assessment and Presentation

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

■ introduce the students to the interdisciplinary aspect of modern nanoscience;

■ provide the students with current and thematic research exemplars of nanoscience;

■ discuss research ethics in the field of nanoscience;

■ enable students to discuss and evaluate current research in the light of societal impact.

■ develop the students' ability to communicate salient aspects of research topics at varying levels of technicality

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ identify the breadth of nanoscience and nanotechnology;

■ discuss the importance of interdisciplinary in nanoscience and nanotechnology;

■ identify the length scales associated and the cross-over between disciplines;

■ appraise the research ethics associated to nanoscience and nanotechnology;

■ describe the concepts of micro- and nanolithography applied to MEMS, optics and systems design;

■ describe the basics of microscopy techniques;

■ discuss the concepts of numerical modelling at that length scale;

■ outline applications in nanochemistry and nanobiology.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components of the course's summative assessment. In this case that would involve submitting at least 3 out of 4 assignments for the course.


Note that these are minimum requirements: good students will achieve far higher participation/submission rates. Any student who misses an assessment or a significant number of classes because of illness or other good cause should report this by completing a MyCampus absence report